August 18th in nerd history: Just a nice little trip to the mountains... right?

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August 18 in Nerd History

Here are 5 things that happened on August 18th for those of us who are veterans of the Console Wars.


Birthdays of honor: Patrick Swayze (1952), Andy Samberg (1978), Robert Redford (1936), Edward Norton (1969), Christian Slater (1969), Kaitlin Olson (1975), Denis Leary (1957), Martin Mull (1943), Frances Bean Cobain (1992), Fat Lever (1960).


The phrase, “Me and the boys are just hitting the mountains for a couple of days” became forever tainted when Deliverance was released in 1972.

Hailed almost universally as one of the greatest films of all time, it’s also… you know…

Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox, starred as four bros just looking for a good hang.

On a lighter note, in 1995 the first Mortal Kombat movie was released, and it was exactly what you’d expect from a video game/martial arts movie from 1995. Not great, not bad, just, you know, 1995. Also, it had the dude from Highlander in it.

And in 2006, a huge scientific breakthrough was achieved when an entire movie based on a single line spoken by Samuel L. Jackson that you knew was coming way before the movie even came out was released in Snakes on a Plane.

Finally, since we don’t send these bad boys on weekends, we wanted to note that tomorrow, August 19, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Bruce Lee’s seminal Enter the Dragon, which came out just about a month after he passed away.

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In 1986 a young man named John Tesh appeared on Entertainment Tonight for the first time. Not content with delivering recent entertainment news to an adoring audience, he was also a successful pianist and composer — most notably (at least in my opinion), penning “Roundball Rock” aka the NBA on NBC theme song.

He wrote the song by just thinking it up in a hotel room and then calling his home answering machine to record his idea. That’s talent, people.


In 1926, a weather map was broadcast on TV for the first time. Sadly, there were no chances for awkward malfunctions, because there weren’t any fancy graphics. And considering when it aired, it was actually more of a way to share information with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rather than letting citizens know whether they should put on a light jacket.

It was until the ’50s that weathermen and weatherwomen appearing on TV became any sort of a “thing.” I mean, watch this first weather broadcast for Today and tell me it’s not objectively terrible.


When what was supposed to be the last night of Woodstock ran long, Jimi Hendrix officially closed things out on the morning of August 18, 1969. He jammed his own version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and ended with “Hey Joe.”